Astrological news this week: SuperMoon in Sagittarius! And Mercury in Gemini

 

Astrological update for the week of June 13-20, 2022

There is a lot going on here, and the bigger influences tend to outshine the lunar aspects so we will put those on hold this week. 

Sagittarius SuperMoon. This week’s Full Moon in Sagittarius (June 14, 11:51 am EDT) is a SuperMoon (™ astrologer Richard Nolle), meaning it is closer to Earth than at other times. When planetary bodies are closer to Earth their influence is stronger, which is why Mercury retrograde periods are so critical for communication – that is the time when Mercury is closest to Earth.

Every Full Moon tends to amplify our feelings and emotional triggers, and the SuperMoon simply intensifies that tendency which is already at work. However, this Full Moon is in Sagittarius, with the Sun in Gemini – the two signs of knowledge and wisdom. There is a dearth of the water element in the sky right now, and water is the element through which we process feelings, intuition and emotion. This Full Moon encourages us to be curious (Gemini Sun) and seek a higher path to real knowledge (Sagittarius).  Under the Sagittarius Full Moon we know that growth and evolution is the goal, and that confidence is all we need to get there.

This Full Moon chart engages some powerful allies and teachers. Both the Gemini Sun and Sagittarius Moon have a tendency to be ungrounded and can lack focus, but Saturn lends its grounding realism to the mix to aid in forging practical plans to achieve the sense of growth and peak experience that Sagittarius craves. That will be a big help since Neptune squares the lunation, however, tempting us into fantastic adventures which may not make sense from a practical perspective.

Mercury in Gemini. In other news, Mercury finally re-enters Gemini today (June 13) after a long sojourn through Gemini and then retrograding back into Taurus before turning direct again. Mercury is most at home in Gemini where curiosity and a thirst for experience can prevail; there is more fluidity and flexibility in our thoughts and actions which aid in the processing of experiences to enrich our day to day world.

Mars conjunct Chiron in Aries. Mars is in Aries now where it is at its most Mars-y, enhancing our motivation and desire and aiding in the focus of Will to achieve our intentions. Mars doesn’t care for road blocks in the best of times, but when it travels through Aries it can encourage impulsivity and restlessness. When Mars conjoins Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing, it can activate resentments and old hurt feelings that really need to emerge so that they can be healed. This isn’t a pleasant experience but can be an important part of any healing process.

This aspect culminates on Wednesday June 15 but will be in effect for much of the week. Watch for challenges in relationships this week under this influence, especially with the amplification of the SuperMoon to any emotions that are not well-regulated.

Solar aspects on Thursday. The aspects from Saturn and Neptune that are highlighted in the Full Moon chart culminate on Thursday. Saturn helps us to find greater balance, and this will begin to build on Wednesday to help ground any challenges from the Mars/Chiron incidents.  Under the Neptune influence, though, we may have more difficulty focusing or getting a handle on potential emotional ups and downs. We can that Saturn influence to maintain focus, and just breathe through any emotional challenges that come up this week. ❤️


 

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Full Moon Sagittarius: Fantasy Or Reality?

Full Moon [23 Sagittarius 25] 

London – June 14, 2022 (12:52 GMT +1)

New York – June 14, 2022 (07:52 GMT -4)

Sydney – Jun 14, 2022 (21:52 GMT + 10)

This week, there’s a powerful Full Moon in Sagittarius, the sign of the traveller. If you’re not visiting distant places, use this Full Moon energy to dream, explore and plan ahead.

This week’s Full Moon is part of the moon cycle which began with the New Moon two weeks ago on May 30th. The fortnight between the New and Full Moon favours growth, action, new plans and ideas.

Once the Full Moon culminates in the night sky, there’s time to pause and contemplate how far you’ve come. What is complete in your life, where is praise and acknowledgement due and what have you achieved?

Gemini/Sagittarius

During the Full Moon, the Sun and Moon oppose each other across the Gemini/Sagittarius axis. Both star signs are youthful and spirited, linked to education, knowledge and travel.

Therefore, be informed during this Full Moon, expand your learning, seek meaning and purpose in life. Gemini’s curiosity stirs Sagittarius’ vision, the ability to look ahead, see the bigger picture and make future plans.

During this week, the light of the Full Moon shines brightly. It’s an ideal time to align head and heart to make an intuitive decision with clarity. This Full Moon is powerful for celebration too as Sagittarius is a star sign that knows how to live life to the full.

Jupiter’s Child

The ruler of this week’s Full Moon is Jupiter, the biggest planet and Sagittarius is an entrepreneurial star sign. Notice where in life you’re feeling enthusiastic, where you’re willing to take a risk or leap of faith. Be visionary in your life & optimistic, believe in luck.

This is a powerful time to trust where life is leading you. It’s not the time to play small or stay put if you want to spread your wings.

The Full Moon in Sagittarius encourages big moves, freedom and adventure. Find yourself a wide open vista and encourage your mind & ideas to wander and dream.

Fantasy Or Reality?

This week’s Full Moon falls at a significant degree – 23 deg° – this was the degree of the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Pisces on April 12th. Therefore, this Full Moon may bring another wave of emotion linked to events back then.

Two key planets make important aspects to this Full Moon: Neptune and Saturn. Both planets are currently in their mutual signs of rulership and equally strong – Saturn in Aquarius and Neptune in Pisces, its next door neighbour.

This creates a semi-sextile aspect between these two planets which has been active since May and continues through to July.

These two planets have such different energies: Saturn is all about boundaries whereas Neptune is boundless. Saturn represents the authorities, the rules, the establishment, whereas Neptune is about one-ness, spirituality and mystical connections. Saturn’s reality whereas Neptune’s fantasy – they couldn’t be more different.

It’s interesting that this minor aspect is prominent after the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Pisces which overwhelmed from February to April 2022.

Jupiter & Neptune in Pisces are about hope & big dreams. Saturn joining the party reminds us of the reality of our dreams, what’s possible and what’s not. It’s a get-real factor.

Working Together

Therefore, Saturn & Neptune are at least trying to work together, whatever that means for them both. Ideally, when these two planets meet, you’re wise to try and find the middle ground, i.e. not be too controlling or rule-friendly but don’t go completely woo-woo or descend into chaos either.

Aim to allow the opposing energies to work together. Maybe consider where you’ve gone too far in one direction and what you need more of – stop and check your inner compass.

Wherever things are falling apart, what can you do to shore up the defences? Wherever life is too rigid, where can you be more allowing and learn to go with the flow? Are you more in tune with fantasy or reality? And how can you combine the two?

Here are the areas of your life under the cosmic radar during this week’s powerful Full Moon:

  • Sagittarius – image, self-identity, personal goals – relationships, other people, a third party
  • Capricorn – retreat, secrets, self-undoing – work, service, health, lifestyle
  • Aquarius – friends, groups, society, politics – children, creativity, entertainment, love affairs
  • Pisces – work, status, responsibility, future goals – home, family, past
  • Aries – travel, study, beliefs, higher purpose – communication, neighbours, siblings
  • Taurus – other peoples’ money, debt, taboo issues – personal finances, possessions, values
  • Gemini – relationships, other people, a third party – image, self-identity, personal goals
  •  Cancer – work, service, health, lifestyle – retreat, secrets, self-undoing
  •  Leo – children, creativity, entertainment, love affairs – friends, groups, society, politics
  • Virgo – home, family, past – work, status, responsibility, future goals
  • Libra – communication, neighbours, siblings, local neighbourhood – travel, study, beliefs, higher purpose
  • Scorpio – personal finances, possessions, values – other peoples’ money, debt, taboo issues

Happy Full Moon – may it be joyful and meaningful for you

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Full Moon Super Moon in Sagittarius

June 10th ~ 17th

“Full Moon Super Moon” by Dan Collier

If you shut up the truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way. ~ Emile Zola

This month’s Full Moon is also a Supermoon, a term originally coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 defining a Full Moon that is also within 90% of its perigee, or its closest point to the earth in its current orbit. This gives the Moon the appearance of being larger than usual in the night sky. We are not yet even fully out of the orbs of the recent eclipses yet here we are with this expansive Full Moon. Its effect on the tides and the shifting tectonic plates are acknowledged, but know that their effects on the tides and affairs of humankind are also enhanced.

The Full Moon at 23º Sagittarius 25’ falls on Tuesday, June 14th, in most places in the world, and will be at its fullest the night of the 13-14th. Not much can remain hidden in the vast illumination of the Super Full Moon where all things come to light, even the most shadowy and illusive.

The sign Sagittarius is about the quest for Truth and Understanding. And with Jupiter in fiery Aries, this Moon supports all those fighting for righteous causes, Truth and Justice. Closely square shadowy Neptune, even the most insidious secrets and deceptions can and will be revealed within the aegis of this Moon.

There is no room for blind faith or romantic delusions with this Moon. We are being asked to look at things clearly and objectively, and to be able to see through the nuances and the propaganda. To be realistic, even in the face of deliberate obfuscation. And even beyond what we might hope or prefer to be true.

Saturn only just stationed retrograde last week, and is sextile the Full Moon. It is during the Saturn retrograde period that we are asked to reevaluate our boundaries, rules and regulations, and even our laws. Are they too weak? Too strong? Saturn square Mercury was asking us to make some hard choices, and in light of the upcoming Full Moon in Sagittarius, we are being asked to do the Right Thing. But in order to know what the right thing is, we are needing to get back to our core values. Not necessarily what we are told we are supposed to believe. But what we know according to our own conscience is right and true.

When the Moon is Full we are being asked to step back and reassess our current situation. Especially in light of whatever new information is being revealed. We see the consequences of decisions made in the past, or due to indifference or neglect. And although this is a time of harvest, it is also an opportunity to make whatever changes and adjustments are necessary.

It is easy to be confused when the Full Moon is square Neptune. Our hearts are full, and we are not quite sure what to believe or who to trust. We can fall down a deep well of assumptions and misinformation with these Neptune squares. But the Full Moon is also closely sextile Saturn, asking us to revise, shore up our boundaries, set appropriate limits, and create a realistic and achievable plan for the future.

The general tone of the Full Moon in Sagittarius wants us to expand our vision beyond our previous expectations, to restore hope, explore new horizons and to rekindle inspiration. Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius, is in Aries, a sign of new beginnings and new discoveries. In light of the square to Neptune, and the sextile to Saturn, we might all want to ask ourselves:

  • According to my own conscience, what do I believe in my heart of hearts to be true and just?

  • What does true freedom mean? What sorts of responsibilities does that freedom entail?

  • How can I best share what I believe to be true with others, in a way that I can be clearly understood?

  • Where have I been led astray? And how can I get myself back on track?

  • What more do I need to learn, discover or become informed about?

What this Moon is good for:

  • Spiritual readings. Looking at things from another perspective. Drawing down the Moon.

  • Mystic quests and journeys. Exploring new horizons. Traveling or going on an adventure.

  • Going hiking, horseback riding, or on a road trip. Getting lost in order to find yourself again.

  • Planning a vacation.Expanding your world.

  • Philosophizing on life. Attending a teaching or lecture. Feeding your mind. Seeking the Truth.

  • Generously giving with an open heart.

  • Laughing joyously and audaciously. Appreciating the irony of a situation.

Planetary manifestations

 

How do the energies and characteristics associated with the personal planets act out in everyday life? How is this energy expressed? We can observe it in human behaviour  – that of others and in our own responses to life situations.

Let’s look at how it might show up, bearing in mind that the energies of the planets can operate at several different levels, ranging from downright low levels to more admirable and acceptable higher manifestations.

Starting with the Sun – our sense of self, which can always do with a polish up from time to time to keep it on the higher level – consider how you’re feeling about yourself today, right now. Are you reasonably centred, focussed, clear in your mind about what you’re doing? Are you willingly taking responsibility for yourself and the decisions you make?

Next check out the Moon. How are your feelings and emotions and needs? Is the small child in you acting up in any way? Can you give your feelings some attention or do you push them down, ignore them and hope they’ll go away? Is there anything you can do right now to help with this?

What about Mercury? How are your communications with yourself (like the needy Moon)? And how are your communications with others? Are they good, clear, not muddled and well-expressed, or do you avoid straight talking? Do you pore over news websites to keep up with what’s going on, or talk/WhatsApp a lot with friends? What are you reading or learning about right now?

Engaging with Venus, we can connect with the higher levels of beauty through the arts; on the lower levels we might just stuff ourselves full of food and become sluggish. Taking things up a few notches, we will be considerate to those around us, engage with our sense of taste in all areas of life, and strive for more harmony with our family and friends.

If we don’t engage with Mars, nothing will get started and nothing will be achieved. Depends how you, and every individual, make the energies of this planet manifest. Argumentative, combative, controlling, bullying behaviour come across as pretty low down on this planet’s possibilities but, directed skilfully and with awareness, it can be notched upwards and used as an impressive force to get things done, such as those small tasks we prefer to ignore and leave hanging around.

Jupiter is engaged when we step out of the ordinary and take a risk, and do something new or different, like eating a new dish, or going to a new place. We can all do something we’ve never done before, and it doesn’t have to be outrageous (although Jupiter is not known for holding back as it’s the master of grand gestures). You don’t have to try bungee jumping, just temper whatever boundary of experience you want to extend with a little common sense, which takes us on to…..

Saturn who may be regarded by some as the killjoy of the cosmic group, but is essential to keep things within safe bounds on a personal as well as a general level. How do you structure your time, your day, your life? Saturn is on call here and fulfils the need we all have for stability and security – but keep this in perspective and don’t let your saturnian tendencies hold you back. Proceed with caution and awareness and be thankful you have this capacity to keep yourself safe.

The Planets by Bruno and Louise Huber offers a lot more insight and info on these personal planets, and I recommend it as an excellent source of all you need to know to get you started on understanding how you and your planetary manifestations operate.

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Greene and the Twelve Temples

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A portion of this article was originally posted in 2006.  Liz Greene is quite possibly my favorite astrology writer of all time, and yesterday I dug out her book The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope, which is actually a transcription of a seminar on the subject. In it she briefly touches on the work of the Roman writer Manilius, who in his work the Astronomica refers to the astrological houses as “templums.”

In the horoscope, which is a map of the sky at a particular time from the perspective of earth, the space above and below the earth is ringed with the symbolic zodiac system and then divided into four quadrants. Each of the four quadrants is divided into three sections, and we call the twelve resulting pie-shaped sections “houses.” Each “house” is associated with a sphere of existence. Liz Greene describes the houses as being like empty stages before a play, each of which is already set with its “decor, furniture and objects according to the domain which the house rules and the sign on the cusp of the house.”

The use of the word “templum” to describe the houses is a fascinating one. Greene writes that the templum, or temple, was any empty building or space used for sacred purposes, and until the cult statue of the god was placed in the temple, the space had no real purpose. Writer Gordon Fisher quotes an earlier work by linguist Zacharie Mayani describing a ceremony dividing a templum into twelve sections:

Two priests are seen marking out the bounds of a holy area consisting of a square in which two medians were marked, one running from north to south and the other from east to west. The quarters of the square are also subdivided, and each resulting section is assigned to a particular deity. The square is a kind of mirror of the heavens, since the divisions of the square correspond to a conceptual division of the sky. A priest could stand in the center of the square and with the help of a special staff determine in which zone of the square the direction of a celestial omen fell, hence which deity was sending the omen. Thus the holy area or templum constituted an observatory for determining positions of omens which could be used for predicting future events. The observations were a means of learning the will of the gods.

Over the years, I have come to revere the planets as gods, and so I love this image of the deity inhabiting the astrological houses. Certainly modern astrology has come a long way from the fatalistic fortunetelling of the past, but just as in medicine and other modern sciences, we still have much to learn from those who have gone before us. Update: Astrologer Deb Houlding of the Skyscript website, whose work I admire, has published a book about the astrological houses called the Temples of the Soul.

 

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